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Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota provides help, hope, and a voice for the 94,000 Minnesotans who live with a permanent disability as a result of brain injury. The Brain Injury Association is the only agency in Minnesota solely committed to enhancing the quality of life to people living with brain injury through education, support, and advocacy. They aim to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy. Today, the only cure for brain injury is prevention.

Contact Information

Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
2277 Highway 36
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Telephone: (612) 378-2742
Fax: (612) 378-2789
Help line: (800) 669-6442

Email: info@braininjurymn.org
Web site: www.braininjurymn.org

About Brain Injuries

Brain injury can affect anyone, anytime, anywhere and can result in life-long cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and/or physical disabilities. Some major causes of brain injury include motor vehicle crashes, falls, strokes, bicycle crashes, aneurysms, violence such as Shaken Baby Syndrome, and diseases such as encephalitis. Concussions are also considered a type of brain injury.

Every brain injury is unique. Therefore, the nature of the service delivery system must be flexible and leverage community assets to address the drives needs of each individual with brain injury.

Persons with brain injury often find that their lives will never be the same as before they experience injury. Fortunately, many rehabilitation and treatment programs can assist persons with brain injury to rebuild their lives and achieve more independence. With the support of family, friends, and quality professionals, thousands of persons with brain injury in Minnesota have increased their community integration and quality of life and their ability to remain in their home communities.

Facts and Figures

  • Each year about 20,000 Minnesotans experience a brain injury.
  • 94,000 Minnesotans live with a disability due to brain injury; of those individuals, 12,000 are children and youth under the age of 19.
  • Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults under age 34.
  • Motor vehicle crashes represent the leading cause of brain injuries in Minnesota.
  • Each year in the United States, 1.5 million persons experience a brain injury (That’s more than the combined 241,000 people who each year experience either HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, or spinal cord injuries).
  • Every 21 seconds, one person in the United Sates experiences a brain injury.

Long-term Consequences

  • Short-term and long-term memory loss
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Visual impairment such as double vision
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Headaches or migraines
    Problems with arousal, attention, and concentration.
  • Speech and language comprehension difficulties
  • Problems with judgment
  • Seizures
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Impulsive behavior or easily agitated

Resources

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota offers a wide variety of resources for persons with Brain Injuries and their caretakers. Those resources include:

Employee/Individuals Resources

  • Tip cards on domestic violence and traumatic brain injury (available in English and Spanish).
  • Informational brochures (available in English and Spanish).
  • Referrals to independent support groups throughout the state.
  • Information and assistance for persons with brain injury who return to work or school.
  • One-on-one peer support.
  • Quarterly education classes on brain injury, its impacts, and coping strategies for persons with brain injury.
  • Helmet safety programs.
  • Resource library with books, videos, articles, bibliographies, and more.
  • Volunteer program that allows people who have had a brain injury get back into the public.

Caregiver Resources

  • Informational brochures (available in English and Spanish).
  • Quarterly education classes on brain injury, its impacts, and coping strategies for persons with brain injury.

The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota offers the following resources for employers and the community at large:

Employer Resources

  • Presentations on topics including prevention, helmet safety, and brain injury basics.
  • Health fair participation.
  • Seminars, in-service training, conferences, and classes on a variety of topics related to brain injury.
  • Employee workshops on dealing with tragedy in the workplace.
  • Support groups and trainings for healthcare professionals.

Community Resources

  • Concussion cards for coaches.
  • Helmet safety programs.
  • Legislative advocacy on both disabilities and shaken baby syndrome.